Top 5 Tuesday: March 14th

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is Top 5 books with numbers in the title.

  • One For The Money by Janet Evanovich
  • Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
  • The Only One Left by Riley Sager
  • The Three Lives of Alix St. Pierre by Natasha Lester
  • Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six by Lisa Unger

Sundays In Bed With…. March 12th

Hello Friends! It’s Sunday and so I thought I would share my “Sundays in Bed With….” a meme dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning.  The meme was originally hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I found it over on One Book More’s Blog.

I am listening to this one and got about half way today as I cleaned and played puzzle. So far I am liking it and LOVE Natalie Haynes as the narrator, I wished she did more audio books!

Stone Blind by Natalie Haynes

373 Pages

Published 02/07/2023

From Goodreads:

A fresh take on the story of Medusa, the original monstered woman.

They will fear you and flee you and call you a monster.

The only mortal in a family of gods, Medusa is the youngest of the Gorgon sisters. Unlike her siblings, Medusa grows older, experiences change, feels weakness. Her mortal lifespan gives her an urgency that her family will never know.

When the sea god Poseidon assaults Medusa in Athene’s temple, the goddess is enraged. Furious by the violation of her sacred space, Athene takes revenge–on the young woman. Punished for Poseidon’s actions, Medusa is forever transformed. Writhing snakes replace her hair and her gaze will turn any living creature to stone. Cursed with the power to destroy all she loves with one look, Medusa condemns herself to a life of solitude.

Until Perseus embarks upon a fateful quest to fetch the head of a Gorgon…

In Stone Blind, classicist and comedian Natalie Haynes turns our understanding of this legendary myth on its head, bringing empathy and nuance to one of the earliest stories in which a woman–injured by a powerful man–is blamed, punished, and monstered for the assault. Delving into the origins of this mythic tale, Haynes revitalizes and reconstructs Medusa’s story with her passion and fierce wit, offering a timely retelling of this classic myth that speaks to us today.

What are you reading in bed today?

February Book Haul

Hi friends! In February I brought in 10 books between purchases, book boxes and gifts. Of the 10 books I have already read 2 and currently reading 1.

What books did you get this month that you are excited about?

Book Boxes

  • The Writing Retreat by Julia Bartz – BOTM
  • Her Buried Lives by Kaitlyn L. Duncan – Unplugged Book Box

Bought For Myself

  • Circe by Madeline Miller – thrifted
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  • Library of the Sapphire Wind by Jane Lindskold
  • Conquer The Kingdom by Jennifer Estep
  • Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman

Books From Publishers/PR

  • He’s a Keeper by Stacy Travis – Gifted by Valentine PR
  • The Second Chance Store by Lauren Bravo – Gifted by Avon
  • Taking Chances by Molly McAdams – Gifted by Avon

Reading Round Up: February part 3

Hi friends! I’m here with my last round up for February. My last 4 reads for the month were all fun and I enjoyed them all. Im curious if you have read any of these and what your thoughts are since two of them are a little different for romances.

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton – 4 Stars This was unique historical romance that follows a group of lady scoundrels who try to assassinate each other while also helping each other as well. You have these lady’s with such victorian manners on what is proper while at the same time they steal, cheat and try to get rid of rivals all while flying their houses around England. This was such a mix and I really enjoyed it! The romance was great as was the mystery and setting. If you are looking for something outside of the norm than I would highly recommend picking this one up!

Well Traveled by Jen Deluca – 4.5 Stars Well Traveled is the 4th book in the Well Met series and this one could tie for my favorite with Mitch’s book. I enjoyed both the romance and the journey our main character goes through and I thought the third act breakup was a believable on. Highly recommend this series and it isn’t one that you have to strictly read in order.

Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman – 4 Stars  I just finished this one recently and kept putting it off because I kept seeing meh reviews! I am so sad I kept putting this one off because it was a really cute read! Even though I am not a fan of second chance romances this one really hit the spot this week. I really enjoyed the story of Chani and Gabe in both the past and present. Can’t wait to read her next book!!

Off The Map by Trish Doller – 3.5 Stars This story follows Carla who we met back in The Floatplan as Anna’s best friend. Carla is traveling to Ireland to help Anna prepare for her wedding. Upon landing she is greeted by Anna’s future brother-in-law Eamon and the two instantly have a connection. Along the journey to their destination Carla and Eamon keep stopping to have adventures and are barely on time for the wedding. Overall I enjoyed this one, Floatplan is still my favorite by this author as well as one of favorites in general but this one is second. I really enjoy the traveling aspect of these stories and the descriptions that we get about the landscape. My main complaint for this one is that I don’t feel like the two main characters spend enough time together to make the decisions they do unlike in Floatplan when they spend so much time getting to know each other. This book was still an enjoyable read and I would recommend it if you are looking for a fun romance. Thank you St.Martin’s Press for my gifted copy for review.

WWW Wednesday – 3/8

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived by Sam on Taking on a World of Words. All you have to do is answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

What are you currently reading?

  • The Angel Maker by Alex North – I am about 50% into this and I am enjoying it. The audio does make it a little difficult at times to follow what is going on because we jump time and pov’s often.
  • Conquer The Kingdom by Jennifer Estep – 30% in and it’s a little slow for me right now but I know once the action gets started it should pick up.
  • A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn – Started this one as soon as my preorder dropped in my kindle! 45% in and loving it!!
  • Weyward by Emilia Hart – I got to 30% in this one and I am still on the fence if I will continue or not. If you have read it let me know your thoughts!

What did you recently finish reading?

  • Even Though I Knew The End by C.L. Polk – 3.5 Stars Fun mystery noir fantasy
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey – 3 Stars Enjoyed parts of it but n the fence if I will continue the series
  • Ruby Spencer’s Whiskey Year by Rochelle Bilow – 4 Stars Fun romance set in Scotland!

What do you think you’ll read next?

  • Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller – ARC that comes out the end of the month that I would like to get to
  • The Only Game In Town by Lacie Waldon – March ARC and a buddy read!
  • The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn – PR tour

What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Tuesday: March 7th

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme created by Shanah @the Bionic Bookworm and is now being hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. This week’s topic is a freebie so I am going with Top 5 books with one word titles

The first four books are on my tbr and the last one was one of my favorites from last year.

  • Circe by Madeline Miller
  • Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman
  • Weyward by Emilia Hart
  • Shiver by Allie Reynolds
  • Fable by Adrienne Young

Sundays In Bed With…. March 5th

Hello Friends! It’s Sunday and so I thought I would share my “Sundays in Bed With….” a meme dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning.  The meme was originally hosted by Midnight Book Girl but I found it over on One Book More’s Blog.

Good Morning! I got early this morning before I had to get ready for work and got a little further in my current read. This is the third book in a fantasy series about a female spy who is trying to save her kingdom. I have been really enjoying this series and so far this book seems just as good as the first two.

Conquer The Kingdom by Jennifer Estep

432 Pages

Publishes 03/07/2023

From Goodreads:

Magic reigns, plots abound, and a new love might not conquer all, in this must-read finale to the epic Gargoyle Queen trilogy by international bestselling author Jennifer Estep.

Time is running out for crown princess Gemma Ripley. Despite being a cunning spy and a powerful mind magier, Gemma hasn’t been able to track down the most dangerous enemy her kingdom of Andvari has ever seen. Adding to her worries is the Sword and Shield tournament. With gladiators flocking to the capital city of Glanzen, Gemma can’t tell who is friend—or foe.

Determined to protect Andvari at any cost, Gemma hatches a bold plan, but things aren’t what they seem. Soon, everything she holds dear is being threatened, including her burgeoning relationship with Prince Leonidas Morricone.

With the kingdom she holds dear slipping through her fingers, Gemma will have to conquer her fear and unlock the true secret of her magic—or watch her friends and family die and her beloved Andvari fall . . .

What are you reading in bed today?

February Reading Stats

Hi Friends! How was everyone’s reading in February? Mine was better than January’s but still not as good as I would have liked. Im struggling with the fact that I work pretty much full time and can no longer read the same amount of books a month that I used to. Im trying to squeeze in more audio books when I can and I think that helped my numbers this month. I read 10 books this month and honestly they were all pretty good. I had one three star and that was just because I felt the content got repetative but it was still an entertaining read. My favorite of the month was The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton, it comes out April 11th and I loved every minute of it! I couldn’t stop reading it and got most of it down while in line for rides at Disney World. If you are a fan of Historical Fiction I would highly recommend this one!

What was your favorite book this month?

Books I read in February

  • Total Books – 10
  • Physical Books – 2 Books
  • E-Books – 4 Books
  • Audio – 4 Books
  • ARC’s – 2 Books
  • Library – 3 Books
  • Kindle Unlimited – 0 Books
  • Backlist – 3 Books
  • DNF’s – 2 Books
  • Re-Reads – 0 Books
  • Pages Read – 3,146


  • Contemporary Romance – 4 Books
  • Fantasy – 2 Books
  • Mystery/Thriller – 1 Book
  • Non-Fiction – 1 Book
  • Historical Fiction – 1 Book
  • Historical Romance – 1 Book

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Year Book Was Published

  • 2021 – 1 Book
  • 2022 – 5 Books
  • 2023 – 4 Books

Star Ratings

  • 3 Stars – 1 Book
  • 3.5 Stars – 3 Books
  • 4 Stars – 3 Books
  • 4.5 Stars – 2 Books
  • 5 Stars – 1 Book

3 Stars

3.5 Stars

4 Stars

4.5 Stars

5 Stars

ReCap on my Challenges

  • For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month’s word was verbs and I read What Lies In The Woods.
  • Goodreads Goal18/125 = 14%
  • Backlist Books – 6/30 = 20%
  • Non-Fiction Books – 1/5 = 20%

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!

Reading Round Up: February Part 2

Hi Friends! I hope everyone had a good month in February! Mine was better than January but still not great, hopefully March is even better. In this round up I read 3 books and had 1 DNF. These three were read while I was in Florida on vacation and I read The Cuban Heiress while waiting in line for rides at Disney.

The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton – 5 Stars I have blog tour for this one during release week which is April 11th so you can see my full thoughts then but I loved this one and think you should have it on your radar.

Pandora’s Jar: Woman In Greek Myths by Natalie Haynes – 3 Stars This was interesting read on 10 women in the Ancient Greece and the author explores a woman’s opinion on them as they are always written by men. I enjoyed this one but I did feel like it got very repetitive. I really liked the author’s writing style and I am curious to pick up some of her fiction books. I did this one audio and really enjoyed it that way.

Love In The Time Of Serial killers by Alicia Thompson – 3.5 Stars I picked this book up as soon as it came out last year because I loved the title and cover but after seeing reviews I kept putting it off. I decided to pick up the audio from my library and I have to say Im glad I finally gave this one a chance! While it’s not perfect or a new all time favorite, I really enjoyed my reading experience and would recommend this one if you were interested. Also I really liked the audio for this one.

And There He Kept Her by Joshua Moehling – DNF When I read the synopsis for this one I was really excited to pick it up because it sounded like something I would enjoy. A man’s house is broken into but he doesn’t want his secrets known so he takes matters into his own hands. I got about 15% in before I decided this one wasn’t for me. I personally didn’t like being in the head of one of the narrators and was a little creeped out by it so I decided to not finish it. I do think people will really enjoy this one as we have multiple pov’s and a police officer investigating the mystery as well. Thank you Poison Pen Press and Edelweiss for my gifted copy for review.

March New Releases

Hi Friends! Here are some March releases that I am looking forward too. Do we have any the same or am I missing your most anticipated release for March. Let me know in the comments!

What Have We Done by Alex Finlay – 3/7 – Thriller

The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten – 3/7 – Fantasy

Off The Map – 3/7 – Contemporary Romance – 3.5 Stars

A Sinister Revenge by Deanna Raybourn – 3/7 – Mystery

Conquer The Kingdom by Jennifer Estep – 3/7 – Fantasy

Weyward by Emilia Hart – 3/7 – Historical Fiction

A House With Good Bones by T. Kingfisher – 3/28 – Horror

A Spinster’s Guide to Danger and Dukes by Manda Collins – 3/28 – 3 Stars Historical Romance

The Hotel of Secrets by Diana Biller – 3/28 – Historical Romance

Forever by JR Ward 3/28 – Paranormal Romance